Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection
What We Love
- Guests can request a featherbed for their mattress when they arrive at no additional charge
- Windows in the guestrooms actually open
- Free WiFi
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What To Know
- Streetside and deluxe rooms can get noisy; request a room on a higher floor
- Geared toward couples, not families
- No on-site fitness center, but guests of the hotel get passes to nearby New York Sports Club
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Dark wood furniture and red velvet accents set the mood in this 1920s boutique hotel, a throwback that nods to Hollywood glamour. Named for one of New York’s top French restaurants of that time, the Hotel Elysée was once a favorite of New York’s rich and famous. Today the 100-room spot hosts travelers looking for a great location and locals power-lunching at Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar.
Bed and Bath
The 100 guestrooms have a European flair, with antique-style armoires and writing desks and a lush mix of stripes, florals and brocades. Modern amenities include large (but well-hidden) flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Marble bathrooms spoil guests with stately pedestal sinks and Gilchrist & Soames products.
The hotel’s Monkey Bar is such a New York legend that it’s gotten almost as much screen time (Mad Men, Sex and the City) as the celebs who dine here. Try to reserve one of the round booths lining the walls beneath the 1950s murals for the best views of the power lunchers and New York characters downing dirty martinis. Plus, in a throwback to the 1920s, the hotel offers a weekday cocktail reception from 5 to 8 p.m., with champagne, fine wines and plenty of hors d’oeuvres.
How to Get There
Excellent. Quite, great service and very convenient. We stay in luxury properties in other cities often. We have found this hotel to be very comparable to fine hotels and resorts in comfort and service.
The stay at the Hotel Elysee could not have been better. A classy older hotel that does not possess the cold efficency of the large chains. More like a Europen experience. The rooms are large, comfortable and clean and the one we had also had a sink and refrigerator . We were treated like royalty. We stayed for 4 days and this hotel is in midtown , within walking distance of everything. Rockerfeller , Central park , Grand Central all within a mile. Excellent restaurants abound. They have a happy hour every day with complimentary wine and cheese that enables you to mingle with the other guests. I can't say enough abot the staff who were helpfull, accomodating and saw to our every need . We can't wait to return
Excellent location, superb service, outstanding evening complimentary wine and apps, complimentary continental breakfast, free WiFi, water bottles, turn down service...quiet street, in the middle of all of the best shopping!
We booked this property last minute after moving from another disappointing hotel. We choose based on location and tripadvisor reviews.
We were traveling as a couple, for leisure for 5 days. Important to us are service, comfort, quality and price.
We booked the grande king suite which had a beautiful large sitting area, separate bedroom with king bed and bathroom with shower, tub and two sinks. Also there was a small kitchenette area.
This hotel caters to a demographic that appears to be 50+, mostly couples, repeat clientele travelling for leisure.
Excellent touches: breakfast is included. Although mostly carbs (bagels, pastries and cereals), there is some fruit, yogurt and eggs for protein available.
Happy hour every evening: wine is included as well as cheese, olives and crackers. The best part of this is that it creates conversation and connection amongst the guests and also with the staff. I noted that the staff greeted many of the return guests with smiles and warm hugs.
Includes: bottled water, turn down service
Checkin: quick and seamless and the team has excellent memories. They were quick and efficient with any request or inquiry.
Cleanliness: rooms are clean, but you do notice what doesn’t get cleaned regularity for example, make up mirror was full of fingerprints.
Beds: I found the bed extremely hard as well as the pillows ridiculously soft. There is a room menu that includes extras like different pillows, ear plugs (and it is noisy all night long) and feather bed toppers. Although we requested both the bed topper and new pillows (originals were floppy messes), it didn’t improve the situation much.
Opportunities for improvement: change up the continental breakfast and happy hour every few days. It becomes repetitive and boring very quickly. A pianist on the weekends might be a nice touch too.
Throw away those pillows and invest in a decent pillow menu selection. Same with the. Toppers. Maybe invest in some foam ones and feather.
Would we stay again? Yes. None of my issues are deal breakers. What made our stay was meeting some other really interesting guests!
We stayed here for a birthday trip. The hotel is full of charm, unlike newer hotels. The staff us gracious and helpful. There's a sitting room where you can relax with a good book. Cookies are available in the afternoon. There's a cocktail hour every evening with wine and snacks and a lovely continental breakfast in the morning. All free! The room was big by Manhattan standards and very clean. It was a short walk to the Museum of Modern Art.
I would definitely stay here again!